New Hampshire Senior News Notes

September 08. 2013 4:40PM
Barbara Meighan, left, poses for a photo with her mother, Hope Jacovine, who celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends Aug. 28 during a celebration at Courville at Manchester, where she is a resident. (COURTESY)

Birch Heights to host health care expo

DERRY — Birch Heights Independent Living Community, 7 Kendall Pond Road, will host a health care expo from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Area health care providers will be on hand to share information, materials and answer questions about their services.

Among the providers participating are Interim Healthcare, Home Helpers, Charron Medical Services, Rockingham VNA & Hospice, N.H. Senior Companions, Right at Home and MAS Home Care.

Admission will be $5. To RSVP, call Birch Heights at 425-7755. Anyone who signs up in advance is invited to stay for lunch after the expo at 12:15 p.m.

Birch Heights is one of Holiday Retirement's more than 300 independent retirement living communities. For more information, call 425-7755 or go to

Plymouth center plans social services mini-fair

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., plans a social services mini-fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Representatives from nonprofit groups will be at the center to talk about their programs and answer questions.

The organizations there will include:

• CAP Fuel Assistance

• Commodity Supplemental Food Program

• Grafton County Senior Citizens Council

• Granite State Independent Living

• Lifeline, a Dartmouth-Hitchcock program

• Pemi-Baker Community Health

• Prescription Assistance Program

• RSVP Chore Corps

• Senior Companion Program

• Senior housing — Southern New Hampshire Services

• ServiceLink

• Speare Hospital on advanced directives

• UNH Cooperative Extension on food safety

• Voices Against Violence

The fair also will offer door prizes and a noon lunch.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, Ray Belanger will present a free program on "Railroading in the North Country from the 1960s to the Present" at 1 p.m. at the senior center, the site of the former Boston & Maine Railroad station. Members of the Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society plan to attend as well. Belanger will present a slide show from his photo collection, which captures railroading from locations in Berlin, Gorham, Littleton and Whitefield to St. Johnsbury Vt., and beyond.

On Monday, Sept. 23, Genesis Behavioral Health will give a presentation at 11 a.m. on the Referral Education and Assistance Program (REAP) and what it does.

Chas Crane will be at the center at 11 a.m. Thursdays to offer free massages in the dining room.

The center is in need of volunteer drivers for its home-delivered meals program. A mileage reimbursement is available. Anyone who might have an hour or more to spare may call 536-1204 for more information.

Chapin center offers memoir writing series

NEW LONDON — The Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant St., will offer a "Memoir Writing Challenge" with Bobbi Stoneman from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 24 through Oct. 29. Stoneman says memories are a treasure trove of stories to record and share. Each session will include a "free-write" task, discussion and homework. Those participating should bring a notebook and pencil or pen. Old photos also are welcome. The sessions are limited to 10 members. To sign up, call the Kearsarge Council on Aging at 526-6368. For more information, email or call 526-8809.

Cathy Todd will lead "Mindful Practices for Your Health" at 11 a.m Mondays, Sept. 16, 23 and 30, and at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesdays this month. This meditation class is flexible; seniors may attend all or some sessions. The center's offerings also include a Parkinson's support group, blood pressure/glucose screening clinics, VNA foot care clinics, men's and women's discussion groups, a craft group, chair exercises, walking programs, walk-in painting, board and card games, sessions on long-term care planning and Medicare, and computer tutoring and classes.

Program to look at seniors, emergency preparedness

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Regional Area Committee on Aging is sponsoring a Senior SuccessABILITY event on Wednesday, Sept. 18, that will focus on emergency operations as they relate to the city's seniors.

Agency professionals in the fields of aging, advocacy and seniors might want to attend to find out more about what the local emergency operations center is doing to be prepared for disasters and emergencies, particularly to meet the special needs of seniors.

Seniors might gain insight on how to be prepared at home and find out policies that might help them survive an emergency. Topics of interest include pet care, transportation, safe emergency housing, where sites are designated, accessing medications, special diets and emergency contacts.

Representatives from the EOC will present their information in order to get feedback and to assure they have addressed potential concerns.

The free event will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St. Light refreshments will be served.

MRACOA says it is sponsoring the program as part of its effort to make a positive impact on the senior community and to help make Manchester and its surrounding area "senior friendly." For more information, call the senior center at 624-6533.

Signup deadline near for retired educators luncheon

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Retired Educators Association plans its annual luncheon and fall meeting Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Executive Court Banquet Facility, 1199 S. Mammoth Road.

The reservation deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 18.

The guest speaker will be humorist Fred Marple of the Frost Heaves Players, who will entertain with his Yankee humor.A social hour with complimentary cheese and crackers will begin the gathering at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon. A short business meeting will be held after Marple's presentation.Any retired educator living in Manchester or surrounding towns is invited to attend. Spouses and friends also are welcome. For more information or to sign up, call Joe at 622-2285.

Retired men to learn about Moxie and WWII role

MANCHESTER — "How Moxie Helped Win WWII" will be the topic of the program at the N.H. Retired Men's Association's meeting Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Merrill Lewis, past president of the New England Moxie Congress, will highlight the rich history and recent resurgence of the distinctively different soda, now produced locally in Londonderry, plus the ongoing saga of the fabled Moxie Bottle House, once a Manchester landmark close to Grenier Field. The influence of Moxie during the 1939-1945 war years will be featured.

RMA meets monthly with a social hour and refreshments at 10:30 a.m., followed by the guest speaker from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meetings are in Catholic Medical Center's Community Health Services Conference Room, 195 McGregor St., lower level, across the street from the hospital. Meetings are free and open to all interested men.

For more information, contact Tom Arnold at or 965-3573 or go to

RMA also has a computer group that meets the second Thursday of the month, as well as a cribbage card playing group that meets the second and fourth Tuesdays. For more about the computer group, email Bob Chase at For cribbage information, contact Bob Campbell at 669-4944 or

Federal program offers discounted phone service

This week is national Lifeline Awareness Week, so the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission and the New Hampshire Office of Consumer Advocate are using the time to promote the Lifeline Telephone Assistance program.

The federal program provides discounts to qualified low-income residents for basic local telephone service, so people have access to local emergency services and community resources. Some wireless companies also participate in the program.

A person must have a household income that is no more than 135 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines or qualify for federal programs such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, federal public housing or food stamps.For more information, call Susan Chamberlin, Office of Consumer Advocate, at 271-1172 or go to or call Amanda Noonan, PUC, at 271-2431 or go to

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